NCTJ award winnersGraduates win top NCTJ awards

Three graduates of Sheffield University’s Journalism Department have won prestigious awards presented to young journalists by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Rosie Taylor, Kate Proctor and Rob Setchell received their certificates from Fran Unsworth, BBC head of newsgathering and new president of the Society of Editors.

The chairman of the NCTJ, Kim Fletcher, paid tribute to the excellence of the winners and foresaw successful careers for all of them.

No other journalism school received as many awards as Sheffield.

Rosie Taylor won the premier award, Student Journalist of the Year. She is a graduate of the MA Print Journalism postgraduate course, and is now a news trainee at the Daily Mail, now on secondment to the Manchester Evening News.

Rosie also took her BA degree at Sheffield, in English and French. This is the latest in a string of awards. She was NUJ Student Journalist of the Year in 2010  and runner-up for the NUS student journalist award in the same year.

Kate Proctor, from the same course, was named NCTJ Trainee Feature Writer of the Year. She is now working for the Westmoreland Gazette in Kendal.

Hacking scandal

The third winner was Robert Setchell who was presented with the NCTJ Trainee Sports Journalist of the Year award by Ms Unsworth. Last year he was named as Guardian Student Broadcast Journalist of the Year and won the ITV News Broadcast Journalism award. He completed the BA (Hons) Journalism Studies degree last year, with a First, and is now working as a  general and sports reporter for the Cambs Times.

These three awards follow three magazine journalism awards presented to Sheffield students last month.

The latest awards were presented at the Society of Editors annual conference in Runnymede near London, in front of a distinguished gathering of journalists, politicians and regulators debating the hacking scandal and the future of the Press Complaints Commission.